Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements, to provide some or all of their programming in schools during instructional time. 

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Scarborough Women's CentreBuilding Strong FuturesThe variety of presentations on Building Self-Esteem, Healthy Relationships, Body Image, Goal Setting, Holistic Health. Presentations provide female students in Scarborough schools with information and supports that will enhance their self-esteem and develop positive healthy relationships and identify educational and career goals.
SCHCPediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. The initiative provides the services of a pediatric clinic in the school. Medical practitioners, including but exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers; consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from: a) Parents b) Gift of Sight and Sound Program c) School Support Team in selected feeder schools d) Discretionary appointments through the in-school support team. 3) For secondary students, self-referral Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues at the time of booking appointments; and in collaboration with the clinic’s Advisory Committee.
School Heroes UniteSchool Heroes Unite AssembliesThrough the use of magic tricks, storytelling, music and short videos, a core message of heroism, teamwork, kindness empathy and preventing bullying is shared with students. Students and staff have the opportunity to take part in fun games, magic and brainstorming to explore how to prevent bullying in their schools. Students help to create an action plan for their classrooms and school to perform small acts of kindness that have a much larger impact on creating caring schools.
Scientists in SchoolScientists in SchoolWorkshops for elementary students enhance curriculum and have students become immersed in inquiry: experimenting and learning alongside teachers and parent volunteers as they peer into microscopes, test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in the Schools’ professionals bring specialized materials and equipment into the classroom, making the workshop hands-on for every child; and provide comprehensive Teacher Resource Packages that outline scientific concepts and provide extension activities easily implemented by teachers in the their own classrooms. All Scientists in School workshops, exclusive of the math offerings, are available for TDSB elementary schools. Approximately 50 topic choices are available.
Scott Ste MarieDepression to ExpressionDepression to Expression exists to create an honest dialogue about mental health by teaching specific cognitive tools to students to help them deal with the challenges they face. Depression to Expression reaches 20,000 unique youth around the world every day (7.3 million per year) through our mental health YouTube videos and thousands in person through school and business presentations. Main Topics of the Presentation Include: 1. Defining mental health and mental illness correctly. We dive deep into anxiety as this is the most common mental disorder; 2. Understanding The Cognitive Behavioural Triangle (Thoughts, Feelings, Behaviours); 3. Social Media and Mental Health (provided to both parent groups and students) .
Sean MauricetteL.I.F.T. - Laying Important Foundations TogetherSean Mauricette raps, beat-boxes and speaks in this interactive motivational presentation on bullying, peer pressure, leadership, respect and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Students learn to set goals, the importance of education, respect self and reach for their personal best. The presentation focuses on leadership, education, steering clear of peer pressure and negative influences, creating and seizing opportunities, redefining success and the importance of trying. A question & answer and musical performance that involve student participation will follow each talk.
SEE Change MagazineHistory of Social Change WorkshopsThese distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and ebook documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, these workshops demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. They each feature a renowned. living Canadian figure of a social movement who will share their personal story. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will then provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day.
Seedling StoriesHands in the GardenThis food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Curriculum resources are available to support teachers.
Seneca CollegeCommunity Services Student PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Social Service Worker, Behavioural Sciences and Social Service Worker Immigrants and Refugees programs at Seneca College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Seneca students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms and other sites.
Seneca CollegeImmigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Seneca CollegeLibrary and Information Technician Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Shakespeare CanadaShakespeare for Kids School TourShakespeare Canada is a non-profit, professional theatre company whose mission is to provide an inspiring and unforgettable theatre experience for students of all ages. Employing an innovative production staff and dynamic actors, we perform Shakespeare's timeless themes in a contemporary voice. Our versions of the classic Shakespeare plays are adapted to modern English for an easier understanding of the play by students of all ages. Productions and scheduling vary each year. Updated information is available at www.shakespearecanda.com
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops empower students to develop character, confidence and communication skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Subsidies are available and professional development sessions can also be arranged for a program that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."
Sherbourne Health Centre CorporationSOY & HEATSupporting Our Youth (SOY) is delivered by Sherbourne’s Human Rights Equity Team (HEAT). Sessions are presented by queer and trans spectrum young adults who are trained by Sherbourne to discuss the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth and address strategies for societal change. Facilitators share their lived experiences. They discuss how to create positive spaces and the use of appropriate language. With staff, the discussion includes how to facilitate a class using an anti-oppressive framework and practice. Workshops provide not only specific scenarios and helpful tips, but also practical resources.
Sheridan CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Shoestring OperaOpera for Kids in SchoolsShoestring Opera offers musical theatre performances of adapted classic operas, presented in an exuberant, child-friendly format with an emphasis on storytelling and musical excellence. All productions are available in English and bilingual ( French - English) formats. Every performance includes a study guide for classroom activities which is tied to curriculum expectations of character education, drama, language, music social studies and visual arts. All performances conclude with a Question and Answer period guided by the cast. Performers include young professional opera singers, a pianist and a cellist. All study guides are available online at http://shoestringopera.com/studyguides.html
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta OrganizationFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful ClassroomFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. Introductory program teaches students beginner yoga postures, breathing and relaxation practices, positive thinking and meditation. Students learn yoga through demonstration, visualization, use of props, rhymes, games, stories and songs. Students also learn mindfulness techniques that develop life skills that enhance health and well-being.
Snakes & LattesBoard Games en françaisWorkshop provide a conversational French language opportunity for students by bringing into French classrooms French board games and having two French facilitators interact with students. Students learn French through the learning and playing of various board games. The program provides a fun and engaging way for students to learn French, and to speak with facilitators whose first language is French.
Soul Drums Ltd.Soul P.O.P. Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Additional resources and professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator.
South Riverdale Community Health CentrePediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. The initiative provides the services of a pediatric clinic in the school. Medical practitioners, including but exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers; consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from: a) Parents b) Gift of Sight and Sound Program c) School Support Team in selected feeder schools d) Discretionary appointments through the in-school support team. 3) For secondary students, self-referral Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues at the time of booking appointments; and in collaboration with the clinic’s Advisory Committee.
St. Stephen's Community HouseGame Changers - Restorative Justice Conflict MediationThe program trains students to be Youth Peer Mediators in their schools and communities and help resolve peer to peer and/or youth to adult conflicts through a proactive problem-solving process. The training fosters leadership and pro-social skills, shared accountability, and builds individual and systemic capacity to manage conflicts at a personal and school level with mediation and includes training adult mediators from the school to act as co-mediators, as is deemed appropriate for each case. The program aids students, teachers and Administrators in resolving conflicts through a proven problem-solving process. Trained mediators are supported by school staff and receive ongoing support and training.
Stand Up for Student Well Being Inc.Stand Up for Student Well BeingParticipants learn about stand-up comedy using an innovative, activity-based approach to teach literacy skills and mental health awareness. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or through weekly sessions over a six week period. These include performing a one-minute joke that is written by a peer and writing and performing a two-minute stand-up comedy act about them. Comedian coaches support participants to develop their stand-up routines and students with the strongest scripts will write and perform in their school’s Stand-Up Comedy Showcase.
Start2FinishRun4Change:The Clinic,The Challenge, The Change Working with interested teachers and student leaders through an annual fall orientation, a spring 'mid-program' refresher, and localized support, this program provides physical literacy and effective DPA skills, knowledge and resources to inspire participating school communities in the 20/20 Challenge (20 minutes of fitness per day for 20 weeks), and localized or central culminating run events, that tie physical fitness and well-being with social justice. Progressive programming inspires determination, resiliency, goal-setting and perseverance, and students seeing themselves as change agents. A motivator for culminating events is awareness-raising or fundraising for a social justice cause of the school's choosing.
Starts With Me Inc.State of MindStudents are invited to participate in a guided meditation as preparation for the discussion on the stigmas associated with mental health, the warning signs of someone's mental health, and the recovery and well-being available to those seeking support. The presentation of the topic in general merges with a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. A Q&A session facilitated to protect anonymity completes the hour, where questions submitted in writing or on blank papers are read and answered. This provides students and staff the opportunity to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking out loud. Professional Support Service staff associated with the Mental Health Strategy and/or the school in which the presentation is scheduled are present for these sessions, to assist teacher, partner and class, as needed. Following the presentation, students are encourage to create an art piece reflective of what they have learned and/or in response to the session. Schools can choose whether or not to participate in the State of Mind Youth Mental Health Festival each spring; and students can choose whether to submit their art pieces for display at the offsite festival.
Steve Chapelle CommunicationsSocial Media Behaviour EducationThis presentation offers training to students on how to minimize internet risks and explore four core subjects: cyberbullying, personal information, inappropriate messages and protection. Students will learn to minimize and maintain their privacy in the on-line world. Presentation is also available to parents through school councils.
StopGap FoundationAccessibility & Inclusion: Building AwarenessThis presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Resources are available for teachers to implement beyond the presentation.
Story PlanetYoung Writers ProjectYoung Writers Project provides students the opportunity to develop their skills in creative expression and literacy through story making across a variety of different media which include writing, illustration, painting, poetry, spoken word, and digital media. Students cultivate story-making skills through digital (web-based tools) and non-digital (publications). Students develop characters, setting, and central narrative, while writers and artists lend their extensive talents to provide students with inspiration. At the end of each workshop, participants produce a tangible evidence of their creativity in the form of a painting, sculpture, illustrated book, digital story, or film. Staff professional learning and observation opportunities may also be available.
Storyvalues Inc.Interactive StorytellingThe Interactive Storytelling program provides schools with a variety of assemblies and in-class workshops that explore themes of holidays, seasons, heritages and traditions. The program uses interactive storytelling and drama to enhance students’ cultural awareness, communication, creative and literacy skills. Interactive dramatization along with student participation and small group discussions allow student to explore further salient themes. The program also includes limited access to Storyvalues On-line, an online resource where students learn about folktales, art and music through games, videos and puzzles. Storyvalues On-line is available at http://www.storyvalues.com/Online/journey.html.
Stratford FestivalLearning Through TheatreWorkshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. They may focus on a genre or a specific play with an emphasis on key issues/questions explored and what they mean to students. They may include an introduction to fight choreography as well as an invitation for students to learn and develop particular dance choreography or vocal arrangements. All workshops are delivered by professional teaching artists through communal active exercises and hands-on exploration. Professional development workshops for staff and specialized customized workshops are also available.
Studio 180 TheatreStudio 180 INCLASS WorkshopsThe program uses drama to create a safe space for effective dialogue and self-discovery. In-class workshops offer in-depth, immersive experiences that mine the unique power of the theatre to humanize social and political issues and cultivate open dialogues and artistic expression. Artist educators work with students to encourage them to think critically, explore multiple viewpoints, promote empathy and inspire creativity through proposition exercises, hot seating and improvisation. Workshops may be based on Studio 180’s current production, or may be theme-based and explore topics including identity, legacy, family and personal responsibility.
Studiostone CreativeSoapstone Carving Students are provided a pre-cut soapstone animal shape and are guided through a step-by-step carving process. Using the subtractive carving method, students understand the process of creating something by removing material. The carving is done using water to eliminate dust. The workshop enhances curriculum in art and sculpture; Indigenous / Inuit culture; and, rocks and minerals. Soapstone is a metamorphic stone that is very soft and varies greatly in colour. The animal shapes have significance in the Inuit culture.
Success Beyond LimitsSuccess Beyond Limits School Year ProgramSuccess Beyond Limits School Year Program works with students at Westview Centennial Secondary School to facilitate Mentorships and peer-to-peer support opportunities through scheduled sessions and drop-in activities. It provides students with community, social and career connections to events, organizations, conferences and other projects beyond school to support their personal and academic development in the community. It engages all grades, with a particular emphasis on encouraging participation from Grade 9 & 10 students. Grade 10 students who continue as participants to gradually assume mentoring roles as they progress into Grade 11 & 12. Specific student leadership sessions are designed to train students for peer-to-peer mentoring roles. Homework help, food and recreational activities are also scheduled outside of the instructional day.
Success Beyond LimitsSuccess Beyond Limits Summer Credit Support Supports and activities that include youth-to-youth peer mentorship engage Grade 8 students who are enrolled in a Continuing Education summer course that nurtures a successful transition into secondary school. For students in Learning Centre 2, these curriculum enhancement activities inspire and assist them to improve their educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and provide support to expand their individual paths to success.
Suitcase TheatreSuitcase Dramatic Arts Workshops A menu of workshops is available to choose from, including: All the World is a Stage is an engaging and interactive workshop that gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of live theatre. Students will learn about the importance of collaboration as they work with their peers to create short adaptations of classical fairy tales and fables.“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour.“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying.
Suitcase TheatreSuitcase Theatre/Arts Outreach and PerformancesThese musicals and plays inspire and promote positive self-awareness through storytelling, singing, the visual arts and drama. Characters in the plays and the characterization workshops create positive role modelling; encourage self-confidence, kindness and compassion; promote building healthy relationships, resilience and collaboration. They help students understand narrative structure, enhance character development in drama and enrich their vocabulary in the creative development process.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreUsing Literature as an Innovative Tool for Teaching Mental Health Literacy Through this partnership programming, educators learn how to impart basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and general mental health literacy to middle-school age youth through an engaging professional learning session and follow-up coaching designed for English/Literacy teachers and middle school staff teams. Students’ mental health and wellness can potentially be safeguarded and enhanced through increased teacher awareness, knowledge, skills, and via curricula that embed mental health literacy components within a literature unit.
Swimmers GroupThe Power of PrintWorkshops, held both in-school and off-site at a publishing studio, help students understand the history of printmaking (Gutenberg) and the effects of printmaking today. Students learn about a publishing house, the skills required to run it and the importance of printmaking in society - despite our ever-growing reliance on digital information and consumption. At the end of the second workshop, students will prepare to have their own creative work 'published' (that is, made into a book) through the use of the printing press. The off-site workshops begin with a tour of the publishing studio, the equipment that makes mass-publishing and printing possible, as well as history on the first printing presses and how they operated compared to the machines of today. After creation of cover art, students will then have their works made into books, with the process shown live.
TakingITGlobalConnected NorthThrough collaborative project based learning, Taking IT Global develops unique content and connections for schools in the north and south to access cultural exchange opportunities and curriculum enhancement north to north connections. Educators are supported in the use of collaborative technology for professional learning, mentorship and incorporation into the classroom. Professional learning experts and peer mentors can instruct and interact with teachers in remote locations, providing them access to expertise that might otherwise have been very difficult to acquire. Students in class connect through online video-conferencing with one another's classes, schools and locations.
Talli OsborneConfidence is BeautifulBorn without arms and missing bones in her legs, Talli Osborne imparts important lessons to students on how to persevere despite physical disabilities and differences in this motivational assembly. She shares stories of achieving success in the face of bullying and life's many adversities. She encourages us to be more empathetic and compassionate, rallying acceptance towards ourselves to consider the fortunes we do have, rather than the ones that we do not. Through her unique perspective, Talli Osborne gives reasons for students to accept who they are and share that same acceptance towards others. This presentation is followed by a Q & A.
Tata Consultancy Services IncgoITgoIT is an innovative, experiential and immersive program for students and staff to learn about TDSB’s Global Competencies and Tata’s Five Forces. Elementary and secondary teachers will create curricular based Global Competency learning experiences and collaborate with TCS employees to bring real world knowledge, expertise and practical experience into TDSB classrooms to help teachers and students make globally competency connections. Students will have opportunities to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.
Taylor SutherlandChekhov TheatreAnton Chekhov's writing revolutionized the world of theatre. He wrote stories that championed the everyday man living a common life, characters who suffer defeats both great and small, at once comic and tragic. This workshop teaches acting techniques rooted in the work of Stanislavsky and Mikhail Chekhov. Students explore one of Chekhov's plays and build scene work using character analysis, improvisation, etudes, ensemble development and choral chant culminating in a presentation at the end of the workshop series.
Techzenik Robotics & Information SystemSTEMatize SchoolsThis hands-on workshop provides students with building blocks and materials to create, design, program, build and operate a Robot. Workshop provides access to new technologies and information on how to utilize them. Students solve real world problems through automating a small Robot and programming them to perform simple tasks. Older students use advanced sensors and program blocks to accomplish complex and detailed tasks and sequences. Students also learn effective programming techniques and language, utilize mathematical, problem solving and logical skills to create and code applications. List of workshops available: Robotics - LEGO We-Do 1 & 2, Minstorms EV3 Beginners & Advanced, VeX IQ, VeX EDR; Electronics and Computer Engineering - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Build Your Own Computer; Programming - Programming and Designing with Python, Programming with Java, Build Your Own App using Android Studio, Creative Technology - Adobe Photoshop, 2D Animation, 3D Animation.
The Chess 'n Math AssociationMath n' Chess Schools ProgramLearning to play chess helps students develop mathematical, logistical and analytical skills. It improves their concentration and memory. It bolsters their self-esteem and their ability to collaborate and interact with others. This program delivers a structured nine-level course for students who then may take part in the culminating event of a chess tournament. Using games, exercises and worksheets students learn the rules of the games, how to solve problems, work in teams, and use judgement. Students learn to think ahead and anticipate the moves of their opponents by developing their logic and reasoning skills.
The Concerned Kids Charity of TorontoExpanded Communicating Through PuppetryPresentations use puppetry to address bullying, anger management, mental health, peer pressure and substance abuse topics in order to maintain respect and enhance students’ self-esteem and personal safety and the safety of others. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session to allow students to ask questions about the issues raised. The presentations aim to empower students in kindergarten -Grade 6 to make smarter and kinder choices and help to create safer schools and communities.
The Director's CutThe Director's Cut Media Literacy WorkshopsThe Director's Cut workshops turn classrooms into fun, interactive and engaged Hollywood studios for the day. Using a mobile digital media lab and led by Imaginators, students transform their creativity and imagination into an Oscar-worthy media production. Students work in small groups using the latest digital film equipment. Workshop topics include self-esteem and body image, cyberbullying, digital media storytelling, stop motion animation, and music video production. Workshops are also available in French. Imaginators are leading filmmakers and digital media specialists who take a class through the filmmaking process over the course of a day. Lesson plans, assessment, evaluation and other resources are available from The Director’s Cut.
The Flight Power FoundationFlightunit Careers Awareness Students are exposed to industry professionals and careers in multiple areas through conferences and workshops to increase student success and career exploration. Professionals from various industries lead sessions to provide specific information from sectors that include Music, Art & Culture, Health, Sports & Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Trades, Business & Advertising, Health Care, Learning Skills, Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Skills being developed are career decision making, conducting research, problem solving, personal learning strategies, and networking with industry leaders. Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) training and SHSM certification are also available.
The Learning PartnershipCoding QuestCoding Quest is a STEM based program for gr 4-6 that teaches fundamental coding and gamification while developing global competencies such as computational thinking, etc.
The Learning PartnershipEntrepreneurial Adventure and Dragon's Nest Entrepreneurial Adventure and Dragon's Nest turn ideas into reality by bringing together teachers and business partners to mentor students and help them create their own ventures. Students, as well as their teachers and volunteers from the business community, become truly entrepreneurial, thinking creatively, exploring possibilities, experimenting, communicating, collaborating, and realizing their dreams of showcasing an entrepreneurial idea.
The Message, IncThe Message Media Literacy ProgramThe program helps youth to tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-class workshops and assemblies, students examine media ownership, consumer choice, deciding between bias and opinion, “fake news,” racism, sexism and inequality, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible in the digital age.
The Mosaic InstituteNext GenerationStudents have an opportunity to learn and feel confident in their ability to be become effective social agents and active citizens, locally, nationally and internationally. The following themes are covered: identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, citizenship and social action. This free program highlights the contributions that different diaspora communities have made to Canada's social fabric and sheds light on identity issues and solutions, especially those that students face within their own environment. Students develop social action projects as a tangible act of local and global citizenship which culminates in a presentation to social leaders for feedback. Program can be customized to suit a school's needs and program can be a one-time workshop or as a full 4 day program.
The Period PurseMenstruation NationPresentations help educate students about menstruation and the importance of menstrual health for all. Facilitators demystify the myths, share use of appropriate language and how to prepare for periods including learning about various period products and reusable options. Presentations also help students understand period poverty with girls in school and people experiencing homelessness. Three presentations are available: Myths and Periods, Period Poverty, Period Product Options.
The PotteryThe Pottery Clay WorkshopsIn these workshops, the facilitator works with clay sculpture and story development in an effort to allow students the chance to explore their own artistic nature and to tell their own stories. Students will learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project will be determined in consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections. The finished pieces re fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks.
The Purple FigThe Little Fig Children's Writing WorkshopsThis English Literacy writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, the workshop will consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop.
The Royal Conservatory of MusicLearning Through The Arts (LTTA) Design Media Arts ProjectThe program offers professional development and artist-teacher mentorship in digital media arts and music to create and deliver arts-infused core curriculum to elementary students. Digital media arts is a collaborative teaching and learning method that uses writing, visual storytelling, audio, image and graphic design and performance. The year-long program has artist-educators mentor and support teachers in developing media art skills and instructional design to effectively integrate arts experiences into the curriculum. Teachers will enhance their skills and be able to deliver inclusive education to Aboriginal and diverse student populations through the use of digital media arts. Teachers, along with their students, design and implement a culminating year-end project. Teachers attend three workshops over the year to deepen their understanding and use of grounding pedagogy, deeply questioning and engagement in creative processes. At the workshops, teachers explore instructional resources and apps that enhance the delivery, ideation and creation of digital media arts.
The STEPS InitiativeSTEPS.StudioSustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage the school community in the collaborative production of an environmentally-themed public art installation. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design and produce a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and that celebrates the community.
The Travelling StagePerforming Arts Enhancement WorkshopsDrama and dance performances; and, select workshops that foster an appreciation for Canadian dance, drama and theatre are available. Excursion opportunities are also offered. Performances vary each year, and revised promotional material is available online at www.travellingstage.com. Select workshops available for TDSB schools include, but are not limited to the following: DRAMA: "Page to Stage" "Improv" Students are engaged in the art of storytelling by performing a well known tale or fable; or improvising. Students explore character, setting and plot with the end result being to have students bring the story to life through improvisation techniques, and/or by performing it using costume pieces and props. DANCE: "Decades of Dance" and "Percussion & Props" - Students engage in the history and current relevance of various dance styles; and, tools to explore, create and execute movement. Although the Artist Educator has created the choreography on their own, students will collaborate to bring the choreography to life.
The Umbrella Effect Inc.The Umbrella ProjectSimilar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop teaches a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available.
The Water Brothers TV SeriesThe Water Brothers Eco-AdventuresPresentation to educate, inspire and engage audiences about water-related environmental issues occurring on the planet today. Students will learn about environmental challenges in Canada and around the world, the root causes of these problems and their role in helping to overcome these challenges, and learn more about environmental stewardship. Topics include: climate change, access to clean water & sanitation, water infrastructure, renewable energy, biodiversity, invasive species, deforestation, drought, floods, illegal & overfishing, the water cycle, agriculture, plastic building up in our oceans and lake, water in space, earth sciences, sustainable fishing etc. Teacher resources and interactive learning portal are available for each of the topics can be found online at http://thewaterbrothers.ca.
The Wynford Group Inc.Build Character, Build SuccessThis three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes. First, a ‘recess planning session’ for student leaders and a staff designate to brainstorm games and activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive recess event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools.
The Yoga ProjectNormalizing Yoga & Mindfulness in EducationThis workshop teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques through spontaneous movement and a structured approach. The program incorporates yoga poses and movements, breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, song and games for the younger students, and challenging yoga poses and partner work for older students. A large focus is placed on stress-reduction, mindfulness, and celebrating uniqueness. Professional development opportunities are available to staff.
Théâtre la CatapulteProductions théâtrales en françaisTouring Franco-ontarian production, performed by professional francophone artists from the Ottawa region and delivered in French. Students enhance French language skills while exploring current societal themes. Each production uses rich, inspirational materials to engage and provide a meaningful experience to youth audiences. Following the production, a question and answer session led by artists, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the French arts industry and themes from the production.
Theola RossIndigenous Arts and Social TransformationAn Indigenous Cree Arts Facilitator provides workshops to provide students with knowledge of the intersections between Indigenous lived experience and practice and the uses of art. Diverse mediums of art-production and performance such as dance, film, and storytelling are explored. Students learn how art has been used to advance the causes of social transformation and resistance to marginalization, exploitation and injustices framed within an anti-racism, anti-colonial and decolonizing lens.
Think 2wiceThink 2wiceThe program facilitates workshops and motivational speaking topics that aim to prevent youth violence, gang involvement and criminal activity. Guest speakers with lived experience of gang involvement and the criminal justice system engage youth to take up positive leadership roles in their schools and communities and to create violence free schools, communities, and lives. Using creative arts such as dance, spoken word and drama, the program seeks to help youth find their life’s purpose.
Think Don't ShootIt Starts WithinThe entertaining presentation teaches students strategies to manage the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Students learn how to be leaders, communicate and to take control of their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency. See: www.thinkdontshoot.com
Thinking ForwardThinking Forward Leadership ProgramThinking Forward offers character development and leadership training for students, primarily in Model Schools, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Thinking Forward provides inclusive and equitable learning opportunities that use the arts and leadership development as a platform to help students develop and improve their well-being. Students participate in hands-on, art activities that highlight themes of belonging, diversity, anti-bullying, teamwork, and community. A variety of methods, resources and activities are used including painting, role-playing, designing and building, illustrating, and art exhibits to showcase student work. The program is customizable to suit the needs and schedule of the school and students.
ThriveKidsFit.Focus.FearlessStudents participate in 20 minutes each of body, mind, and character activities in order to develop confidence, self-reliance, healthy life skills and habits. The 20/20/20 Circuit™, three- part program allows students to manage their bodies from head to toe through the following components: 1. vigorous exercise to release excess energy and endorphins while enhancing executive function, concentration and engagement; 2. life skills activity that incorporate creativity and play while teaching social interaction skills; 3. mindfulness activity to manage thoughts, emotions and self-regulation. Facilitators provide tools and techniques that can be incorporated in every day scenarios. A teacher resource is provided for teachers to continue incorporating the lessons with their students.
Tides Canada Initiatives - EnviromentumClimate ConversationsClimate Conversations (CCs) is a workshop that employs Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based strategy, to help high school students explore and resolve their conflicting feelings on issues related to climate change. Students learn skills in areas of self-awareness and self-control, teamwork, individual power and ownership in their own solutions to reduce carbon footprints and taking more sustainable actions.
TNO - The Neighbourhood OrganizationSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
To Be Determined Theatre Co.Children's Literature Onstage A different touring production is available each year for Early Years students. All productions bring a renowned Canadian children’s literature book to life onstage. Curriculum ties to The Arts and English / Literacy are enhanced through the live performance animation on stage for young audiences. Reading the story before or after performance has potential to further early language and literacy concepts. Q & A sessions are held after each production. See www.tbdtheatre.com each year for the particular performance being offered, and updated curriculum-related resources that are provided to educators pre and post performances.
Tools for All TeensTools for All TeensTools for All Teens is a self-empowerment program which provides teens with wellness activities and tools such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and journaling to assist them in calming their minds and bodies. These tools enable youth to better manage stress and enhance their mental health and well-being. Mindfulness activities are used to support students’ engagement and improve learning and success, while teaching important life skills in self-awareness. Sessions can also be provided for staff teams, and for parents, as scheduled.
Toronto Alliance for the Performing ArtsTheatre CareersWorking in the Performing Arts is a viable career option! This presentation and interactive discussion informs students of opportunities available to them within the Toronto-area performing arts industry. Various potential career paths are described by theatre professionals, which includes a Q&A. Discussion topics to be covered: Why a career in Theatre? What is it like to Live and Work as an Artist? Presenters provide stories of first hand, real-world experiences in a performing artist's life: auditions; supplementary jobs; how to get an agent; differences between working on stage and working on film; professional standards and agencies such as unions; resources and tips for getting involved while a student; and, overcoming the stigma of the “starving artist”.
Toronto Arts CouncilPresenting Partners of tdsbCREATES The Toronto Arts Council and TDSB collaborate to create new points of access to the Arts across the city by providing opportunities for artists selected by the Advisory Committee, to engage in school-based workshops and projects with students and teachers who are participating in the annual tdsbCREATES Arts Festival. The festival takes place in schools, galleries, community locations and performing arts venues across Toronto each spring.
Toronto Community Benefits NetworkCareer Opportunities for YouthPresentation encourages, supports and mentors students in under-represented populations to learn how to progress along the apprenticeship pathway and ultimately gain employment in the construction/trades. Students receive labour market information, gain tools and supports to navigate and complete an apprenticeship program, learn about construction projects and employment opportunities and connect with a broader network of trades professionals and mentors. Students also learn about specialized pre-apprenticeship and mentorship programs for women in trades, racialized youth, newcomers and indigenous people.
Toronto Community Housing CorporationSeniors Pen Pal ProgramEach year, up to one hundred elementary students from four schools can engage in the Seniors Pen Pal writing program to improve their English Literacy and writing skills. TCHC facilitates the pen pal matches with seniors who would benefit from this intergenerational, literacy program. TCHC staff visit interested classrooms to provide an overview on letter writing and provide paper, envelopes and postage; and with the teacher, plan how many letters will be exchanged over what period of time during the school year. There may be a culminating event with the Senior "pen pals" and students, after the determined number of letters have been exchanged through the post during the year.
Toronto Hip Hop Cultural CentreNo = Next Opportunity: Empowerment ProjectThese workshops aim to make positive social connections and build student’s positive self-image and self-esteem through Hip Hop arts. This workshop series touches on the four elements of Hip Hop: BBoying (break dancing), MCing, graffiti and DJing. Each workshop is led by an experienced Hip Hop artist who explores each Hip Hop element using performance, quotes/lyrics and multi-media. Students learn the history of Hip Hop music and culture in a socio-economic and geographical context, make connections between themselves and their communities, and explore current themes and how Hip Hop is used as a form of artistic expression. The focus is less on the artistic skills but more on mentorship from experienced artists as well life skills development.
Toronto Inner-City Rugby FoundationRugby Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis enhanced physical education program provides rugby training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Accredited and experienced rugby program staff lead workshops to introduce and further enhance rugby skills. Rugby activities and games for understanding are based on the physical literacy ABC's of agility, balance, coordination and speed. Beginner students are introduced to the sport through a non-contact, safe game called Rookie Rugby. Advanced students or those that have a solid understanding of the fundamentals, further develop core rugby skills such as movement, passing and communication and sport specific training. Teachers receive curriculum resources that contain 8 modules that provide activities on how to implement the program beyond the workshop. Schools that have participated in workshops have the opportunity to attend an international rugby tournament at BMO Field or participate in a flag rugby tournament when available.
Toronto International Film Festival Inc.Filmmaking and Media EducationThis program offers filmmaking for secondary students and professional development workshops for staff on media literacy and writing, developing and filming a short film. Student workshops comprises of an overview of the filmmaking process that includes: genre and types of films, scene development, script writing, acting and pre-production, filming, editing and post-production. Students have the opportunity to create their own stories, use professional equipment, analyze the impact of film and media on viewers, and learn how to communicate complex ideas to a wide audience. The program culminates in a screening of the film at the school or at TIFF. Professional learning opportunities include teaching about film, introducing students to filmmaking and integrating critical film viewing into classroom discussion.
Toronto Inuit AssociationInuit Cultural Programming and ResourcesTIA and AEC collaborate to co-design/co-produce Aboriginal Education resource materials and programming with an Inuit content focus. Inuktitut Language Instructors to provide classes for interested students and Inuit Cultural Activities as unique learning opportunities. Activities that occur during instructional time, are scheduled and promoted by the Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) as curriculum enhancement and student engagement programming. Other TIA programming & Inuit Community development activities are available outside of instructional time at the AEC for students, families, the community through permit.
Toronto PflagPromote Awareness of LGBTQ students and inspire alliesToronto Pflag moms provide workshops that begin with the story of their LGBTQ child and their experiences at the age of the students in the audience. For elementary grades, the arc of the story deals with bullying. We go through scenarios to encourage students not to prejudge and instead look for opportunities to talk to each other. Younger students are asked to problem-solve for the bullied child: how could we make their school day happier? With older students and high school youth, Pflag introduces definitions; what it’s like to have a crush on someone of the same gender; we talk about coming out and why it’s hard to do; we encourage role modelling that is not homo- or trans- phobic; and, the power of allies.
Toronto Public LibraryLibrary Outreach and Literacy ProgrammingTPL Outreach and Community Education staff facilitate literacy programming with Kindergarten and Grade Four classes; and, in secondary schools. Presentations foster a love of reading as a lifelong activity; raise awareness of the library as a community and school resource; and, encourage students and their families to get library cards. Collaborating with TDSB school libraries, TPL literacy programming introduces the library as a fun destination with friendly staff who can help and support students and their families with resources and opportunities to participate fully and equally in their schools and communities despite challenges which can include poverty and language barriers.
Toronto Search and Rescue-Marine (T-SAR)Water and Boating Safety PresentationStudents in Grades 2 and 6 learn water and boating safety essentials: different types of life jackets and boats, essential equipment, emergency preparedness and trip planning. Powerpoint presentation incorporates visual aids and videos, takeaway workbooks and the opportunity to try on real life jackets.
Toronto Wildlife CentreWildlife Centre PresentationsThrough discussions and activities that are designed to encourage critical thinking and broaden student learning, the presentations explore a variety of curriculum connections. Presenters discuss myths and truths surrounding urban wildlife, raise awareness of the urban ecosystem and promote understanding and compassion towards wildlife. The one-hour long presentations examine environmental issues that affect wildlife. Students learn of real patient cases at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, the reasons animals need help and what happens at the wildlife hospital. Students also learn what they can do to help wildlife and will have a hands-on experience with TWC`s animal ambassador, a large species-at-risk snapping turtle.
Transit BricksToronto Transit TalesCovering 150 years of Toronto public transportation history, from horse-drawn to motorized transportation, local historian provides interactive presentation that includes models of historic vehicles from 1849 - 2014. Students gain a historic understanding and modern appreciation for the important role of public transit in history and current affairs.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Kids World of EnergyThese hands-on workshops provide students with an in-depth exploration of the various types of renewable energy, their uses, and diverse careers in the Green Energy field. Students will use miniature models of wind turbines or solar photovoltaic panels, complete experiments, and build and test prototypes. Workshop titles include: Concentrate on Conservation; Capture the Wind; Plug in the Sun; Digest This!; Solar Workshop; and Green Collar Careers. Additional renewable energy workshops include Wind Design Challenge and Solar Design Challenge where essential building materials are provided for students to design, build and test or race their devices; all challenges include a Teacher Building Guide for teachers to implement if they choose.
Tre-Lystikz Inc.imPower 2dayTré Armstrong, a celebrity, Canadian choreography, actor and dancer, leads interactive self-empowerment assemblies and dance workshops to share her story of channeling her survival from abuse and her passion for dance into a successful global career. In this three-part series, dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. The first session provides students a new form of movement and prepares them for a performance for a school assembly. The second session is an assembly featuring both the student performance and a motivational talk from Tré Armstrong who shares her own story, the "power of Choice", and, a few tools, strategies, actions and affirmations that cultivate the life skills of self-awareness, self-confidence, self-efficacy: self-empowerment! Finally, session three is a follow-up visit by Tré Armstrong. Program is suitable for Black History Month.
Turk Event Consulting (T.E.C.) Inc. Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills PresentationsThe presentation teaches students about the history and culture of lacrosse from the perspective of First Nations peoples and introduces students to the basic skills of the game. The presentation discusses the cultural and spiritual significance of the game, shows the different sticks and equipment used, the positions played in the game. Students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams.
U Can Do It !Woodworking DIYThis hands-on workshop provides students basic building principles while constructing a woodworking project. Students develop their co-ordination, use easy-to-follow plans, practise with hand tools to complete projects such as windmills, paddle boats, tower cranes mechanical butterflies, motion machines and robotic arms. Facilitator provides all equipment, materials and designs and teaches safety rules on proper use of tools (sandpaper, child-sized hammer and nails). Instructions are taught in a step-by-step fashion for early years and elementary students. Workshop is age appropriate and is also offered in French.
UGOT Active KidsEarly Learning Through DanceThis dance workshop introduces early years students to a variety of dance styles. Trained instructors teach easy to follow routines inspired by a variety of styles, musical artists and/or culture. Students explore movement and rhythm and the five elements of dance - body, space, time, energy and relationship. Students work individually and in groups to develop their own creativity and self-expression. Each age-appropriate workshop starts with a five minute warm-up followed by energetic music with group choreography and dance games.
UNHCR, The UNHC for Refugees CanadaThe Refugee ExperienceThe Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, offers two multi-sensory interactive presentations that promote, bring awareness and amplify the voices of refugees to the school community. These presentations provide students with authentic, real world learning to develop a deeper perspective and respect for humanity. Life Inside a Refugee Camp allows students to physically step inside a tent and glimpse into the lives of how families forced to flee their homes live their day-to-day lives; Life Inside a Refugee Camp – Virtual Reality provides students a virtual reality experience inside a refugee camp by watching a refugee girl named Sidra share her experience, life around her and message of hope. Interactive Experience is a computer-based application where students can follow the story of Luis, a child refugee, who has fled his country and students take a walk in his shoes as they help him in search of safety, security and the opportunity for something better.
Unity CharityUNITY DayUNITY Day starts with a high-energy, interactive, performance-based and motivational school assembly led by five professional artist educators, who perform and share their personal stories of how the Arts can be a positive outlet for change and stress management in our lives. Following the morning assembly, four afternoon class-size workshops in Hip-Hop, Break-Dancing, Spoken Word poetry, and Beatboxing are available. These workshops challenge students to express themselves creatively by learning something new, and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone with their peers.
University Health NetworkBody PrideInteractive presentations for school communities that foster an environment to support students in developing positive body image and self-esteem. For student audiences, "Body Image, Media Literacy, and Self-Esteem," empowers young people to critically navigate messages and imagery from the media. Teacher and parent presentations assist with understanding the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, and resources for addressing these issues. Available presentations are “Addressing and Preventing Body-Based Bullying” and “Eating Disorders: What to Look for and How to Help”. Post-secondary students and NEDIC staff will facilitate all presentations.
University of CalgaryMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of GuelphMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoAllies Live HerePresentations and assemblies promote diversity, acceptance and respect in schools. Speakers include medical students from the University of Toronto, guest speakers and performers. Students also participate in arts-based activities, including poster competitions, the making of videos, etc. on related themes.
University of TorontoBlues Buddy UpU of T's Varsity Blues student athletes deliver presentations on fair play and coping skills to become a successful athlete and student. The presentations address showing respect for others, working collaboratively, taking responsibility and using coping and adaptive skills when confronted with challenges. During the hour-long presentation, students are divided into groups and complete activities connected to the themes of Believe, Learn, Understand, and Excel.
University of TorontoConcussion CareThis program offers specialized medical and allied health care of concussions to a select number of referred secondary school students. Coordinator presents program criteria and overview, pathway for support and program activities. The cornerstone of the management of concussion is the early intervention and gradual progression of stimulation or stressors that may, if over-exposed, disrupt natural recovery and cause relapse or exacerbation of symptoms. Historically, this aspect of care has focused on gradual progression of physical activity (return-to-play), but in recent years, the application of these principles in learning environments (return-to-learn) has received increasing attention. Academic student life is comprised of subtle and complex stressors and the interaction of this environment and how stressors impact the student recovering from a concussion are poorly understood.
University of TorontoGrowing Up HealthyThese free presentations educate students on a variety of topics on health, nutrition and the human body. Led by medical students from University of Toronto, TDSB students will receive information, strategies and tools to make healthy lifestyle choices, improve their well-being and prevent illness. Topics covered include: the benefits of healthy living; media and food choices; exercise and activity; body image; social media and self-esteem; mental health; substance use; and stress management. Each one-hour long presentation is facilitated by post-secondary students who will work with school staff (i.e. Physical Education or Professional Support Staff) to ensure presentation meets classroom needs.
University of TorontoHigh School Outreach Initiative (HSOI)Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school Science, Phys Ed & Health and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation. Curriculum-related resources are also available to teachers, with cross-curricular links and course specific unit plans.
University of TorontoImani Academic Mentorship ProgramUniversity of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) mentors offer academic and social support to African Canadian youth in middle and high schools located in East Scarborough. UTSC student mentors provide academic support for and build confidence in TDSB student mentees, especially for those students who are at-risk on not graduating from secondary school. UTSC mentors provide homework help, one-one mentoring and afterschool groups at selected elementary and secondary schools. TDSB students may be invited to participate in events at UTSC. The program’s goal is to support the academic needs of a student population that historically has been underrepresented at postsecondary education institutions.
University of TorontoKids2See and Kids2HearThe Kids2See and Kids2Hear programs provide vision and hearing screening to kindergarten students from Model Schools for Inner Cities schools. Medical students from the University of Toronto volunteer to conduct screenings and are trained and supervised by medical residents from the Faculty of Medicine.
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